IU assistant watches Huntington Prep’s Djimde on Thursday

  • 04/08/2011 8:58 am in

Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley was in Huntington, West Virginia on Thursday to watch Ibrahima Djimde, according to Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal.

The 6-9, 230-pound Mali, Africa native recently received his college entrance test score, which is leading to more recruiting interest. He’s a member of the 2011 recruiting class.

Djimde, who goes by the nickname “Ibby,” is rated the No. 53 center nationally by ESPN.com.

Here are some quotes on Djimde from Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford from an interview conducted by Zach Osterman for Inside the Hall back in February:

“I saw him in the spring, and I didn’t like him. I saw him in the summer and liked him a little, but he still wasn’t ready. Since we saw him in the spring until we got him in August, he was a different player. From Aug. 18 to now, he’s a completely different player.

“He improves every day. He’s a four-year kid that’s gonna work hard. He can defend the four and the five.

“There is some interest there (from Indiana). He plays so hard, he’s one of those kids that, he’s intriguing because of his size and athletic ability, and then he plays hard.”

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  • Anonymous

    I can remember the three Quarks, just not how to spell Zoubek. I did not know anything about him, except that the last half of the 2009-10 season, he was a force in the paint and helped win a championship!

  • Diesel

    Yep, doing well. I know you’re here often, but we don’t always get the chance to say hey.

  • Anonymous

    Ray, analyze your words. “Right” fits with your next sentence: Elston is better as a sophomore than was Zoubek (thanks for the help) as a sophmore. But Zoubek was a key contributor to a championship as a senior. I call that great coaching and individual hard work. Why can’t Derek and Crean accomplish the same thing?

  • Anonymous

    Yep, a Bloomington long-time booster.

  • Anonymous

    Not making a case either way, but for the record Uwe started 10 games as a freshman, 7ppg, 3.5 rpg. As a soph, 19 starts, 9 points, 5 rpg.

    Then as a Jr, 27 starts, 12 and 6. Then 31, 16 and 6 his senior year. Then 5 years NBA.

  • Anonymous

    That’s one of the most frustrating things about Elston. He has the physical ability to be very successful, and those offensive numbers are pretty good. The problem is on the other end of the floor. If he ever becomes anywhere near the defensive player that he is on the offensive side of the ball he’s going to be a major contributor. If he doesn’t he’s simply a big body taking up space.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not making either person’s case, but we aren’t privvy to practices. Maybe Zoubek put in a lot more work than Derek has. There is a limited amount of time a coach can have with his players in a week, so anything extra is up to the player himself. Did Zoubek put in extra time? Who knows? Does Derek? Who knows?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if I could agree with that in regards to Bawa, had he stayed around. He was obviously in over his head and was not going to contribute, regardless of the lack of talent on the team when he was here. Couple that with the fact that the team was going nowhere that year, and why not keep a guy around an extra year, with an extra year of practice and coaching, if you think he has the capability to grow into his role.

  • Anonymous

    That would look like the hammer throw.

  • Anonymous

    “I am a twisted ankle…” Protect yourself from Mayhem like me.

  • MillaRed

    I was thinking the same thing. The last three years of recruiting were not under normal circumstances.

    The things CTC has accomplished in the last year of recruiting is remarkable. I never could have imagined this was possible.

    We are going to have really, really good players on this team in 2-3 years. We can’t possibly compare them to the last 3 year’s recruits.

  • MillaRed

    I was thinking the same thing. The last three years of recruiting were not under normal circumstances.

    The things CTC has accomplished in the last year of recruiting is remarkable. I never could have imagined this was possible.

    We are going to have really, really good players on this team in 2-3 years. We can’t possibly compare them to the last 3 year’s recruits.

  • Anonymous

    Good post Kelin. I agree that we need a post who can give us an upgrade in rebounding and interior defense. As you point out, Cody will give us a huge upgrade but he needs help. We need depth across the front-line to compete within conference.

    In addition, it is definitely too early to worry about making space available for another 2012 recruit. Things will work out.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, good info. As you can see Uwe was almost twice as good as a senior as he was as a freshman even though IU added a pretty good scorer in Alford that he did not have early on. For the current Hoosiers we have Watford: 1st yr 31 starts, 28.5 min/game,12.0 pts/g, 6.0 reb/g; 2nd yr 28 starts, 29.1 min/g, 16.0 pts/g, 5.4 reb/g; Elston: 1st yr 7 starts, 15.1 min/g, 5.8 pts/g, 4.1 reb/g; 2nd yr 10 starts, 15.5 min/g, 4.9 pts/g, 3.7 reb/g; Pritchard: 1st yr 31 starts, 29.0 min/g, 9.7 pts/g, 6.4 reb/g; 2nd yr 22 starts, 19.9 min/g, 4.2 pts/g, 3.5 reb/g; 3rd yr 22 starts, 18.2 min/g, 2.5 pts/g, 3.8 reb/g. Very interesting.

  • stonaroni

    I was talking about Pmidje #50 something C. PJ could be solid, but no, he has not proven much, just a prospect.

    I have news for you and all of IU nation, we will never get a great C here if our offense doesn’t feature one. So far under CTC, this is the case.

  • stonaroni

    I say next prospect. No one worse than PJ should be added to the mix. When on campus, i dont think PJ will ever log more than 20 min. With that being said, Traylor would add muscle and the ability to play today.

    And I agree, CTC’s track record with bigs here has received a failing grade. I think the state of the program is the biggest blame. But, I challenge anyone to find an elite C that has ever played for or developed by CTC and his staff.

    His style of O doesn’t call for a top notch C.

  • stonaroni

    My point is DE cannot grasp the concept.

  • Diesel

    Great point. Maybe the question would be then do we need a great center? Sure we would take one, but wouldn’t a servicable big (think Anthony Davis from Pacer’s lore) be enough? A guy who rebounds, plays great post defense, and is at least a threat to score surrounded by the rest of our talent is enough to win a champeenship.

    By the way, the Plumlee brothers are no better than what I just described.

  • Anonymous

    True, Uwe developed into a good big, but do we need to run down the list of bigs that RMK swung and missed on? Can I get a Tom Geyer anyone? I don’t disagree that we want to stay away from “projects,” byt I think that CTC’s effort in this area was hindered by the state of the program. We’ll get better.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, loop. CTC had two players returning. He HAD to re-recruit Elston. I’m glad DE stayed, and I think he can become a better player, but you have to admit that his effort was at best inconsistent last year.

  • Anonymous

    Stona, you and I don’t see eye to eye alot, but I am down with you on this one! DE played a ton on the perimeter in HS, though. I think he was definitely worth a scholly, and I hope he improves this year too, but I am beginning to wonder if his place is on the court or next to Capo at the end of the bench.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t fault Elston’s effort only his understanding and execution.

  • I love it.
    Reason why. One dimensional players are more consistent. Think about it. Do what you do. Pieces of a puzzle. Ingredients of the Recipe. We need someone developing with Zeller along the years instead of looking for bigs every year

  • I’m always intrigued when it comes to hearing about a late signee, whether that be a JUCO or high school senior that has not signed with a team yet. As far as this kid goes, he sounds intriguing; I mean he’s big, sounds athletic, and can help balance out the frontcourt.

    The question that I ask myself, does he do anything better than Bobby or Derek? Can we use this kid for 10-15 min’s a game next year? Can he catch an interior pass, or shoot free throws. I always find it funny that there are so many critics of a kid when they haven’t even seen that kid play. I’d be willing to give him a chance, and i’m glad that Tom Crean is trying to improve this team. The Natives are getting restless and Tom Crean knows this. Our frontcourt was dreadful last year and even with our short bench Bobby Capo still could not get off the bench. If this kid can give us more than him as a freshman, then i’m all for it.

  • IUDan

    I agree completely, Jon . . . the logic is very simple: does this kid give us as much as a current frontcourt player? If the answer is “more” – it’s easy. If it’s a push, then probably bring him on. If the answer is “less” or “don’t know”, then keep/develop what you have.

    But it never hurts to look . . .

  • Anonymous

    Appreciated your backstory on Bawa leaving. Interesting.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. Zoubek was a key contributer to a championship team as a senior. My point is that Elston is a sophmore. You’ll have to wait until Elston is an upperclassman before you can question whether or not Crean and Elston can achieve the same thing. I don’t think your choice of Zoubek is a good comparison.

  • Anonymous

    Partially—-Elston’s offensive understanding is pretty good; his problem is at the other end of the floor.

  • Anonymous

    Even if he doesn’t project to play more than the two you mention he could still be worth a scholarship–that’s comparing juniors to a freshman.

  • Excluding the 2.7 moving screens per game… (I made that number up, but seriously, lots of those moving screens)